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A Homeowner’s Guide To Garage Door Maintenance

garage doors minneapolisWith all of the things demanding upkeep and attention in and around your Minneapolis home, it can be easy to overlook your garage door. Unfortunately, those who neglect their door too long often end up having to deal with breakdowns and/or costly repairs. A much better strategy involves performing a few simple maintenance tasks on a regular basis. If you would like to learn more about how to keep your garage door in good working order, read on. Here you will learn about three vital maintenance tasks.

Keep your rollers lubricated.

Loud, odd, or annoying noises are generally the first sign that your garage door has been neglected too long. Such noises are often caused by corroded or gunked-up rollers. Fortunately, a little cleaning and lubrication is usually all it takes to get things working smoothly–and silently–once more. But first it helps to understand just where the rollers are, and what they do.

A garage door is equipped with either two or three rollers on each side. The roller consists of a short metal pin that is affixed to the door itself. At the outer edge of this pin is a round roller made either out of metal or nylon. This roller is capable of spinning freely thanks to a series of interior bearings. The rollers are seated inside of the metal tracks located just beyond the door on either side. When the opener turns on, and the lift cable is retracted by the motor, the rollers move upward along the tracks, thus permitting the door to open.

Begin your roller maintenance by cleaning off any dirt or build-up using a dry clean rag. You don’t want this gunk to contaminate your lubricant, otherwise you will find yourself having to repeat the process before long. Next apply a small amount of lubricant to the area where the roller and its metal bar meet. Always use a silicone-based lubricant, preferably one that comes in a spray can for easy application. It is important that you avoid getting any lubricant on the roller track, as this could cause the rollers to slip.

Ensure that the roller hinge bolts are tight.

The roller assembly is capable of leading to loud rattles even when the rollers themselves are properly lubricated. If your door remains noisy even after lubrication, or if the door seems to be vibrating or shaking in abnormal ways, it may be necessary to tighten the roller hinge bolts. The roller hinges are the bent metal pieces whose job it is to hold the metal roller pins securely in place.

It is generally a good idea to check the roller hinge bolts each time you lubricate your rollers. Over time, the vibrations caused by the lifting mechanism have a way of working the roller hinges loose. Use an appropriately sized wrench to tighten the bolts so that they sit firmly in place. This should eliminate the rattling sounds, as well as ensure that none of your hinges fall all the way off.

Inspect the lift cable for damage.

Once upon a time, the lift mechanism on most garage doors utilized a metal chain to transmit force from the motor to the door. Nowadays, more and more doors utilize a sturdy steel cable to accomplish this goal. That’s because a cable tends to produce less noise–and is less vulnerable to corrosion–than a chain. Yet even a cable isn’t completely invulnerable.

For this reason, it is important to evaluate the health of your lift cable on a regular basis. Keep your eyes peeled for any signs of wear and /or damage. This may involve sharp kinks or bends, patches of rust, or broken strands. You are most likely to notice damage near the bottom of the cable–that is, near the base of the garage door, where the cable is more exposed to weather and moisture.

If you have noticed that your lift cable appears damaged, it is important to have it evaluated by a professional as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact the experts at Advanced Garage Solutions.